Judge James Q. Blomgren submitted his letter of retirement June 12, 2012. The 8th Judicial District was given permission to fill the vacancy. Applications for the 8A judicial vacancy were closed at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 20.
Four candidates have submitted their applications: Robert E. Breckenridge, II of Ottumwa; Randy S. DeGeest of Oskaloosa; Daniel P. Kitchen of Washington; and James R. Underwood of Centerville.
Interviews will be conducted on Jan. 3 at the District Court Administrator’s Office, 211 E. Fourth St., Ottumwa. The interviews will be open for public observation and listening. Applicant submissions and materials will be open to the public.
The Commission will submit the names of two nominees to Gov. Branstad who will then appoint one within 30 days.